W.A.V.E is an annual event which empowers youth to take a stand against violence and become ambassadors in their local community. In April of 2004, Louise Russo’s life changed forever. On an ordinary day after picking up her daughter, Louise decided to pick up dinner at California sandwiches. Little did she know that her life would be altered forever. While picking up sandwiches, Louise was caught in a gang crossfire. She was shot, and as a result, is unfortunately paralyzed from the waist down. Instead of being silenced by this terrible accident, Louise used her adversity to speak out about violence, and educate youth about what your actions can lead to. From this, W.A.V.E was born. W.A.V.E was established in 2006 and has gained awareness throughout the years. This year, the intermediate students at St. Gregory the Great CA had the privilege to attend W.A.V.E 2015 at the Mississauga Living Arts Center, where many guest speakers and entertainers empowered students with motivational messages and uplifting stories. From their stories, the students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy learned about how to handle a difficult situation and transform it into positive change.